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. >>> senate majority leader harry reid said he has the votes to pass the $2 billion cash for clunkers voucher. it gives drivers financial incentives for trade anything gas-guzzling vehicles. mcconnell predicts the passage as well. >>> in iran, mahmoud ahmadinejad was sworn as the country's president for a second term. meanwhile, a top iranian lawmaker says they are to bring spy charges against three americans. >>> a panel of feder judges is ordering the california prison system to slash its inmate population by 27%. about 40,000 inmates within two years. they say it's the only way to change what they call an unconstitutional priso health care system that causes one unnecessary death each week. >>> new satellite imagery shows the amazon rain forest in june was four times worse than just a month before. 223 square miles were lost, an area about half the size of los angeles. >>> and in israel, tourists captured incredible video of horses running with a car. fortunately the vehicle slowed down before the impact. both the driver and the horse escaped with minor injuries. >>> and now here's an earl
is in a big mess? mr. reid. harry reid. the guy who called americans evil. >> mike allen, tell us about this. i was reading the las vegas review journal. i'm heading out there this weekend. >> reading the metro section? >> a few meetings. tell us about harry reid. i was reading these polls in the paper. tell us about it. >> forget about harry reid. i want to know why you're going to las vegas? >> it's a long story. >> it's research. willie goes to vegas. >> willie, do you have any openings for interns? >> not at present. we'll talk off line. >> the senate majority leader does have a problem down by double digits against the potential challenger danny tarkanian. he's down against another challenger, the state republican party chairman. and joe will recognize the danger of this number right now. incumbent leader, one of the most powerful people, maybe the most powerful person in the senate, his approval rating back home, 37%. >> wow. >> that's the number george w. bush could laugh at. >> that is unbelievable. all right. >> is danny tarkanian the tark's son? >> yes. how could he not win? >> and
, harry reid, un-american, nancy pelosi runs the house, talking about fascist tactics, at least the democrats talking crazy are running washington, d.c. our people are talking about death panels aren't elected. >> the republicans who are elected clearly or not making enough good noise. >> you know what, let's just call them out right now. let's just do it. since i lovemaki making everybo. tim pawlenty has a responsibility to distance himself from death panel talk. yesterday, we had the chairman of the gop, michael steele, a guy i like very much personally. the next time he believes whether the legislation has death panels in it. he needs to say, no, it does not. the virginia governor, he needs to come out and distance himself from nancy pelosi saying that these tactics are un-american -- >> we tried with michael steele yesterday. >> i'm just saying, there's all of this uncontrolled rage out there, i think leaders of both parties have to be called on the carpet and distance themselves from the crazy rhetoric that's out there, whether it's coming from nancy pelosi or harry reid ca
word is president obama wants to billion dollars to keep the program going. harry reid said that he has put forward a bill that would extend the program. that could happen in the next few days. trace: so you drain the oil and that until the engine with two quarts of liquid glass. that is marching orders for mechanics coast to coast, getting rid of the cash for clunkers vehicles. it is designed to make sure that those cylinders never see a spark plug again. this drive to train destruction is from a chemical. if you are a doctor, you would have a hypocritical if. isn't there such thing for mechanics? you are usually fixing these things, but now you are destroying them. how do you feel? >> mixed emotions. some of the thing that we get are too nice to destroy, but in order to keep up with the program, we need to do this. trace: "popular mechanics" came out with a good article saying that a lot of these cars that we are destroying our perfectly good, and could benefit a lot of low income families. >> we have had some people calling in, asking -- they often do donations about cancer for kids,
and staffers waiting to pay their final respects to ted kennedy. we're now hearing that harry reid is willing to do a partisan bill on health care. if he cannot bridge the gap. would such a bill have any support from the american people? with us now is professor of advanced political studies at george washington, bob bechel and cal thomas, big title on that. you sound important when they say that to you. >> he used to call me the professor thing. its part-time job. >> trace: i saw on the teleprompter that is a long together for bob. i got to start with you first. harry reid he may very well cram this thing through. you look at the polls and harry reid pushing this thing through. would he be thumbing their noses at the american people? >> first of all, you have to keep in mind, he would have to do under reconciliation that would get only a part of the current outline of health care reform bill through, not the whole thing. i don't think it's going to happen. one of the things about missing ted kennedy, there is a deal yesterday yet to be brokered. you heard the conversation with scott rasmusse
. tonight, jillian tete, chris andersen, and senate majority leader harry reid. at 1:00 p.m. eastern, c-span2 live with a discussion of the massachusetts health care plan and how it might work nationally. iran corp. analyst has analyzed the plan. and pres. barack obama has explained his plan for military commitment in iraq and afghanistan. he will be in phoenix. we will have live coverage at 2:00 p.m. eastern. administration officials say he will also thank veterans for their service, but no word on whether he will mention health care after media reports today that the administration may change exposition on the government health insurance program. "washington journal" looked at that issue this morning. guest now is jim martin, the founder of the 60 plus association here to talk to us about older americans that health care. when is your group's position on the bills that are out there right now? guest: the proposals that have been put forth, we say first, do no harm. let's not take a wrecking ball to a system that works very well for seniors. we say, do not throw the baby out with the b
. but we are not going to stand with -- anymore. the families can -- >> nancy pelosi, harry reid and the rest of the people in congress in the senate, are they going to be willing to be on the same plan they're asking us to be on? >> nobody's talking about setting up -- putting 47 million people in a public plan. we don't know if that's going to be part of the plan. what we're talking about -- what we're talking about is giving penl who don't have health insurance options. >> this is a direct assault on our personal liberties, our personal freedom, our personal privacy. you need to open it up to the free markets. you need to government the hell out of our lives. >> okay. so what is all of the fuss about? does anything really get accomplished? can you get your point across when you're disrupting a meeting like this? does it make sense? is it real? is it fake? tomorrow night we'll go in depth on the health care town hall meetings. you want to stay tuned right here on cnn. tomorrow night we'll report on that. >>> tragedy over the hudson river. bodies are still missing after a deadly
the republican party on with him. >> i'm just wondering, we heard from harry reid and a part of his quote, he says they're talking their cues from talk show hosts. it's not often you try to blow yourself up, but that's what they're obviously doing. it's a party being run by a talk show host. i think there are a lot of people saying you know, rush limbaugh is the one in charge still. >> i think the point that democrats are trying to do is what this is about is that they can't defend their health care plan on the merits. >> mike, philip, how can they defend it if they're not even being allowed a chance to explain it? you have people showing up, not aloeing them to even talk. >> listen, the president of the united states has had how many prime time news conferences -- >> we're not talking about the president. we're talking about these town halls. >> they've had months to make their case -- >> it's not about responsibility. >> if you look at polling numbers, they show mounting opposition to health care policies. >> i can't imagine, any poll that suggests that people lacking discussion where one s
in taking down the senate majority leader harry reid. the two will head the dump harry reid political action committee. although none of the top republican town declared it their intention, there strategy is to challenge -- and their strategy is to challenge mr. reid. you may have seen some of this video. angry protesters shouting and democrats over the weekend, only and leaving them one hope of getting the message out. in texas, one official was drowned out by a noisy demonstrators has he tried to talk about health care reform. we have our first phone call on the republican line. caller: cash for clunkers, if anyone thinks that the democrat party is for the so-called working man, i think this is proof positive that they are more interested in money than they are their constituents. also, about this trip of bill clinton to north korea, they were going to send a delivery -- hillary along to accompany him, but they were afraid they were going to take on too much sniper fire. you know how that goes. host: good morning. if you want to give us a call, republicans, 202-737-0001. democrats, 202-737
language here. on the liberal side, nancy pelosi calling protesters un-american. harry reid calling opponents of health care evil mongers. nadler saying fascist. pelosi calling insurance companies "the real villains." the conservative side, sarah palin saying obama's death panel down right evil. chuck grassley saying every right to fear death panels. a congressman from georgia saying this is a steam roller of socialism. john boehner last month saying government-encouraged euthenasia included in the health care plan. we heard that echoed from newt gingrich as well. >>> pat buchanan, the splilness in this debate just escalating, now you have nadler talking about fascism. >> let me tell you, i just did a column and i have polls out. this is insanity on liberal democrats. 64% of moderates say the protesters are behaving appropriately and 40% of democrats say that. and by almost two to one, people who know about the protesters identify with them, not against them. joe, there's a story today about a congressman in the neighboring district, congressman boyd. he held three town hall meeting
're not going to stand here. [ shouting ] >> harry reid and the rest of the people in congress and the senate, are they going to be willing to be on the same plan they're asking us to be on? >> but nobody's talking about setting up -- putting 47 million people in a public plan. we don't know that's going to be part of the bill. what we are talking about -- what we are talking about is giving people who don't have health insurance options. >> a direct assault on our personal liberties, our prernl freedom, our personal privacy. you need to open it up to the free markets. you need to get the government the hell out of our way. >> meanwhile, the health care industry is spending tens of billions of dollars to influence the reform debate and the battle is about to get even more fierce. our national political correspondent jessica yellin has that part of the story. >> reporter: here are some staggering numbers. $39 million. that's the amount of money the insurance industry has spent on lobbying since march. $133 million, the amount spent by the rest in the fight for health care reform. >> the frenet
to vote today or tomorrow on pumping another $2 billion into the program. majority leader harry reid said it will pass. >> cash for clunkers, we'll pass cash for clunkers. >> when will you do that? >> before we leave here. >> you think ask you the votes for it? >> yes. >> cash for clunkers would eventually perhaps end friday. republican leaders say they will not block this vote. >>> a quebec dad said he's sorry, sort of, for letting his 7-year-old son drive the family car with the rest of the family in the back seat. the father insists nobody was ever in danger. this is video shot from two years ago, but just arrived on youtube and it's a huge hit. the boy is seen driving on a rural road and it's obviously in the rain. there are the wipers going. the father said he was proud of his boy, he put it on the web to impress his friends, but a lot of outrage. police in quebec are investigating. >>> u.s. military is updating its facebook status. drafting new policy on facebook, myspace and twitter. they have banned networking sites, though they allow troops to access them from their own personal
of control spending, spiraling debt and liberalism. a spokesman for senate majority leader harry reid said the group is distorting the truth and engaging in sleazy campaign tactics. >>> time for our i-report of the day. roger savitz shot this video in maine and said these turkeys are hanging out in the road causing a traffic jam. looking cute, though. you give us your views and turkeys. head to cnn.com/robin to learn how you can become an i-reporter. thanks for that. that was cute. >>> if you're annoyed by those pre-recorded robo calls trying to sell you something, some help is on the way for you. many of those calls are being banned by the government. our money expert jennifer westhoven is here and jen, not all robo calls are being banned, though, right? >> yes, but what's that at dinner? what's that? could it be the sound of silence? >> thank goodness. >> a lot less fewer calls. robo calls from companies will not be allowed starting tomorrow. you can still legally get them from charities, politicians and debt collectors, they got exemptions but the ftc says telemarketers must get written
] >> a vote for cloture it is a procedural vote and i would suspect to support senator harry reid on a bill he wants to bring up to cut off debate on a motion to proceed so the issue can be taken up. that was illustrated when there were 49 republican senators a couple of years ago, and employees free choice act came out, i was the sole republican who voted for cloture so we could take of the bill. it was not to say that i was for the bill, because i am for the principles of a union certification and first contract, but that is an illustration on a procedural issue where i would vote to take up the bill. i think the legislation ought to be considered by the senate. i am not saying there might not be an extreme case where there was a first amendment issue, or if somebody wanted to cut back on the way i supported hate crimes legislation, or the way i have supported fairness and equality for gays, that i might not if there is a constitutional issue. but i expect to be a book to support cloture. -- i expect to be able to support cloture. >> next question? >> senator specter, i am a constituent of y
's happened is that the democratic leadership particularly harry reid and nancy pelosi, have started ridiculing these people and they're escalating and they've called out the unions and the unions are now trying tone force some order. it reminded me a little bit of when the rolling stones decided to hire hell's angels to tamp down the rowdy crowd at altamont. it's a bad idea, they're escalating, but everyone has an obligation to hear from every constituent, whether or not they agree with them and we need to create a process where everybody gets a chance at the microphone to calmly express their views. >> igor, there are some democrats trying to dismiss the angry crowds as a minority push by conservative groups, giving them directions to get to the front of the group, spread yourselves out, be loud and make your talking points and disrupt things. is that fair? >> alex, i think if there's one thing the clip you just played demonstrates is that the people at this town hall, groups like freedomworks, americans for prosperity, they're not interested in having a substantive debate. they're
school, you can't take on everything at one time. it's kind of sad when you have harry reid saying in essence that it's the media's fault that we're having a problem with health care. you have the senate majority leader blaming the media, they're getting ready for a big hit. so if i had to advise obama, i would say that we got one step done. now let's do another step. but you can't overhaul this program with just one bill. you can't. you have three committees overseeing this project. >> i'm going to give you the last word, steve, on this. and then maybe angela. angela, those five democrats on the commerce committee who oppose the legislation are just like the right wing republicans who oppose medicare part b, the medicare prescription drug plan. the last great expansion of federal health care. it's going to be the same way this time. the center is going to get good health care reform passed. >> i'm so glad that you're optimistic, my dear. but with the ways and means committee and energy and commerce and education and labor overseeing this bill, i think you're going to have some iss
's health care plan, all of a sudden this is, as you just heard harry reid say, evil mongering. it does seem that there is kind of a double standard about what constitutes legitimate dissent. gretchen: so do you believe that these war protests potentially are still going on and the media is just not covering them, or is it both that they're not happening anymore because of the change in the white house and so the media is not covering them? >> first of all, a lot of the people who were most passionately against the war in the bush years are a bit quiet about it now. there was a convention about a week ago of people who were big fans of the dailycoast website which is a left wing website. a few years ago it was a hotbed of antiwar act vism. the war really animated this certain group of act vism. activism. there was a poll, what's your priority? one was health care two the environment, at the bottom named by just 1% was stopping the war in iraq and afghanistan so there's less of certainly of antiwar fervor. on the other hand, cindy sheehan, the woman made famous in 2005 when she camped outside
some very critical words for these protesters tuesday. in fact, at one point, harry reid even held up a piece of astroturf today to point out that in his opinion these are not grassroots organizers and that they are in his words phony. he said, quote, we're not going to be sidetracked by people trying to sabotage a civil process. and senator dick dur win, the number-two democrat in the senate, said for the first time in his career there have been all these phone calls to his chicago office, in his words, begging for there to be town hall meetings. he said, quote, they're interested in youtube. they want to get the image across america that somehow congressmen and senators can't defend health care reform, and he went on to say i'm not going to allow myself to get sucker punched here. so, what senators are going to try to hammer home here over the next month when they're in their home states, wolf, is that health care reform is important for all americans, not just for those who are uninsured, but they also want to convince americans who have insurance that this is good for them, that i
, and harry reid has it and under president obama's direction, will use it. in this reconciliation, it's a tool, legal, part of the senate rules, you lower the vote from 60 to 50. now, people are saying on, you can't get enough stuff in there. you can get 80% to 90% of a health care plan in there. the other 10%, 20%, you can legislate inkra mentally. that's easy to do. republican reconciliation will be the vehicle they will use to pass this plan. again, another contrast to 2003, the prescription drug plan, so seniors have affordable access to plans, the far right didn't like it, the left didn't like it, i was in the middle and we pulled the group together and passed it with 60 votes. it can be done if you say we're gb going to listen to everybody. once you say we're going to cram it through with 50 votes, you can only get 50 votes and there's the risk of a big backlash. >> the senator's going to be with us for the rest of the program. we have a lot to talk about, not only with health care but also how we're seeing this ripple through the system and the markets as well. he'll be with us
majority leader harry reid. >> as the health-care conversation continues, c- span's healthcare hobbs is an important resource. go online and follow the latest tweets, video advertisements, and links. keep up with town hall meetings, house and senate debate and even up low your opinion about health care with a citizen video. lobbying, influence, and money. have to use the internet to provide transparency in government. tonight at 8:00 eastern time on c-span to. host: our guest now is jim martin, the founder of the 60 plus association here to talk to us about older americans that health care. when is your group's position on the bills that are out there right now? guest: the proposals that have been put forth, we say first, do no harm. let's not take a wrecking ball to a system that works very well for seniors. we say, do not throw the baby out with the bathwater. quite frankly, this bill is so large and so complicated and so misunderstood and misinterpreted, we have already seen improvements in the proposal, whether it is the public option, that the president has backed away from. we
back and his comments? guest: i think he was spot on. we have harry reid, the senate majority leader, calling the protesters going to these town halls evil-mongers. we have nancy pelosi saying that they are dressed as the nazis and using not he-like tactics to silence people. -- nazi-like tactics. if you go on craigslist on the classified as a new type in obama or reform in most major metropolitan areas under the subsection, you will find the csiu and you will find people being paid $16 per hour to go to these town hall meetings. i don't know if anyone on the right is being paid to show up in this town hall meetings but i guess that you have to be financed by george soros to be a real act of desperation host: host: this caller asks for one republican who is promoting fairness guest: \ guest: many people have suggested and john kerry said he would like to see it come back in place. the democrats are not legislating desperate they are appointed people to the fcc, the body that impose the fairness doctrine that will start to do this again. we're starting to see it, setting local standar
vilified as a un-american or evil-mongers which harry reid said a few days ago. when you hear all the attacks and demeaning you and me the activities we are undertaking on behalf of freedom, take heart because the american public is looking at the other side's attacks on us and they are looking at their preposterous stands on this issue. their statements on the issue. they are siding with us. americans are about common sense and they get when their freedoms are its stake and they stand up and fight when -- for those freedoms and your in the vanguard. i am encouraged by the poll numbers. i want to take a moment and tell you about americans for prosperity and americans for prosperity foundation. it started four and a half years ago. it was an idea that asked a question. we know that whenever there is a budget fight or tax battle, whether in washington or state capital, we know there are going to be people on the big government side. you always see that. maybe that is the public employee union standing up and saying we need the money for this government service. maybe it is for the r
in place. jon: thank you. jane: ted kennedy served in the senate for nearly 50 years. harry reid this morning said it was a thrill of a lifetime to work assigned him. he added -- john, senator kennedy ran for president back in 1980 when he challenged then sitting president jimmy carter for the democratic nomination. today, he was among the many to pay tribute to the late senator. >> his first commitment was always to the people who were most in need, and he worked for those who were deprived and society. not only for them, but he was very effective in his legislation. he was dedicated. jon: he added, he does not think there is anybody who served in the congress right now who would be served asked -- who would be missed as much as ted kennedy. jane: in 2004, kennedy changed state laws, keeping john kerry in office. days before his death, he urged senators to go back to the old method. he said it was vital to have two senators serving during this health care debate. friends and colleagues are remembering him across the country. coming up, we will speak to a friend. jon: say goodbye
extension needed to keep the program alive, but senate majority leader harry reid announced he is confident it will pass. >> cash for clunkers, we'll pass cash for clunkers. >> when will you do that? >> before we leave here. >> what are we going to do when the $2 billion runs snout are we going to spend another $5 billion? are we in the car business at the retail level forever? >> mitch mcconnell says his party won't block a vote and the matter will be completed. >>> happening today, president obama is headed to indiana where he'll announce a manufacturing grant to talk about his efforts to get the economy back on track. elkhart's unemployment rose to the highest level in the nation. this will be mr. obama's third visit to the area. >>> president obama celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday. he celebrated with this impressive cake there including the presidential seal, but he also had a trick up his sleeve. he surprised helen thomas who turned 89 and shares a birthday with him. she was serenaded with happy birthday. >> it is hard to believe she is 89. >> she's been around for a long time an
there. >> is that in fact -- does that force nancy pelosi to call people's tactics un-american or harry reid to say people are evil if you don't do -- what i found is if i have a sane conversation with a democrat on health care and we don't scream, i get off and get all this hateful e-mail saying basically, you're marching people to death camps, staring at hitler and didn't say anything. >> this piece right here is a lot of democrats and even republicans look off and try to be respectful, people don't cover it, doesn't make good television. when he pushes back and a lot of people are waiting for democrats to push back all of a sudden, yes, we're excited to see that. people say it's a pushback and now it's out there, what planet are you from? people will pick this up, you talk against health care, what planet are you from? >> the sad thing is we're showing this lady's face for being reckless and irresponsible and dredging something up out of the internet and spitting it up. we do that because of barney frank's response. is mike here? >> let you weigh in on this. >> mike is there. >> i th
, by the majority leader, harry reid. speaker nancy pelosi will lead a sizable house delegation, we are told. former senator howard baker and his wife, nancy, both republicans who served in the senate with ted kennedy, will be here for the funeral. birch bayh, who pulled senator kennedy from a plane crash that senator kennedy believed he would have died in without that assistance more than four decades alge, birch bayh will be here as well. prime minister gordon brown of the united kingdom, prime minister of ireland, and all four living former four presidents of the united states have committed to attend the funeral on saturday. >> at the catholic church, at the mass service, right, john? >> reporter: that's right. at the catholic church. it's called the mission church, the basilica of our lady. the mission hill neighborhood. they call it the mission church. senator kennedy handpicked that church of the many catholic churches here in his beloved state of massachusetts because he would go there almost daily to pray when his daughter was battling cancer years ago. he'll say his final farewell before h
has been signing bills that nancy pelosi ex harry reid crafted. he has to find the center domestically. he is nowhere near there. i know the left like hearing that. it's the reality. >> and you i talked a couple months ago where this man, he will get a republican congress in 2010, and they will pound him from the right and he will go towards the middle. the congress now is yanking him left. it doesn't yield the kind of policy americans will readily support. >> i have to say this, and then we have to go to news. it saved bill clinton, having a republican congress. if you look at george w. bush, a man that did not veto a single spending bill while republicans ran washington, and a man that listened to nobody on foreign policy but himself, his inner voice while republicans ran washington, the second democrat took control, he fired donald rumsfeld, and talked about spending. george w. bush needed a democratic congress, every bit as much as obama needed a republican congress to balance it out. when bush got rid of rumsfeld, he brought in robert gates. he listened to condoleezza rice more. t
on the democratic side, for president obama to say harry reid, you should not call americans evil. and for michael steele to say sarah palin, and newt gingrich, cut the death panel talk. >> yeah, and there is so much junk out there, and let's put this in quotes, the responsible voices with platforms, nothing to hold back the dam. right now you do get the feeling the little guy with the thumb in the dik here. >> and i do believe it's 85% of the country are turned off by the extremists. mika, at least that's what i hear when i go up. i get democrats saying thank you all the time. i have conservatives saying thank you, we are having a rational discussion. i think we have the crazies out numbered. >> before you go, we lost don hewitt last week. >> yeah, and he was beyond influential, and created and revolutionalized the news. what he really did at "60 minutes," people say he brought entertainment into television. he brought news, journalism into television magazine, and he was the funnest guy you could work for in a million years. i am shocked he died. the last time i spoke to him on the phone, he sai
landing planes, even nancy pelosi, harry reid and barack obama will be elderly some day. >> pat buchanan, i wanted to ask you because sarah palin -- you've followed sarah palin's ark closely. again, something that sarah palin is not helping herself here, talking about these death panels, about how barack obama's plan could lead to the death of little trig. that's not helpful to her on the cause, is it? >> it's not only tough, it is impossible to defend. it's got nothing to do 0 with children. there have been good, frankly, good columns that end of life thing, these professional physician counselors. charles lane had one i think it was saturday in "the washington post" which i thought was excellent and there's no doubt that, look, they are going to cut back benefits, prescription drugs, things like that to some extent for the elderly because all the expenses come in the last six months of life and these are going to have to be cut back. that's what you're seeing that lady, a 74-year-old cancer patient, you're seeing all that concern. that's one of the driving forces, parents and about the
, the transportation secretary called the program a huge boost for the economy. senate majority leader harry reid says he believes there are sufficient votes to get the additional $2 billion approved before the senate goes on summer recess. a recent study finds that the country's seven biggest rail transit operators have about $50 billion in a net capital needs. the house has approved and the senate is considering a request to give washington, d.c.'s metro $150 billion next year. they named the lack of money the metro's biggest problem. they say that service as willis said he will decline if they do not receive funding not yet that follows the crash that killed nine passengers. politicos says that the former inspector general was paid more than $310,000 in exchange for his signature on a separation agreement limiting what he can say about the circumstances of his sudden departure earlier this summer. republican senator chuck grassley says he is wary of the government-controlled companies use of the non-disclosure comment. finally, a top russian general says that russia has no intention of returning u.
on the economy, current events and politics. monday night jillian, chris anderson and harry reid. >> "washington journal" continues. host: now from pittsburgh, suzy madrik. she's coming to us from pittsburgh where they have just concluded next roots nation. the national convention of liberal bloggers and activists. first, suzy, where did you come up with the name "suburban gorilla" how did that happen? guest: when i was a newspaper editor and columnist, i wrote a column for an area in pennsylvania. it is considered the republican counterpart to the democratic regime. i liked the idea, it was suburban and guerilla. they weren't used to people taking pops at them. host: tell us about next roots nation and what is going on up there the past week. guest: i skip most of the panels because this is an opportunity for me to meet and talk with and network with these people. the online colleagues i'm in contact with throughout the rest of the year. there are all kinds of great panels for people who aren't bloggers, all kinds of information about how to be effective some your community, how to get things d
unions which are a big factor didn't want this. harry reid said he didn't want this. that's why it doesn't exist. there's a case to be made for taxing "cadillac plans." ahead of goldman sax. >> that's actually the royals royce plans. they are such a tiny part. caller: as an independent, i feel both parties are going down the road. what should happen is you should designate who is universal. 18-64. from there, you establish a health saveings account for each person and attach their children under 18 to each one of those. you take the medicare money that's going out. the $260 billion a year and credit that to each person 18-64. from there, their employer, whatever they are kicking in can also be credited to that account. host: financing healthcare. complicated stuff here. what's the best approach? >> it is really tough. on financing medicare, it has been a successful program but not one that has done much to obtain cost. it has actually been a cost driver. it has proved to be completely impossible to rid of waste and high expense and wasted views. each time the government tries to put in
brother. he probably was in the bed with marilyn monroe. host: this is senate majority leader harry reid, that as we mourn the loss we dedicate ourselves for the causes for which he so beautifully dedicated his life. he stands as one of the most patriotic men ever to serve. macon, ga., on the democrats climb. -- on the line for democrats. caller: no, this is washington, d.c. i just wanted to say first of all that he who is among those without sin, let us cast the first system. we have to be americans and realize that the kennedy family has made so many sacrifices for america. we have to look past certain things. just get over it. thank you. host: the joining us with a different perspective is michelle, with the "boston herald" -- what would you add to the conversation as far as his political career? guest: good morning, pedro. well, this was never about ideology. "the boston herald" had a few ideological differences with ted kennedy over the years, but i don't think any single politician ever did more for this state. in representing massachusetts he was absolutely indefatigable. a lot of
to my husband and child. we need to get this president impeached. nancy pelosi -- barney frank, harry reid -- we need to get those people out of there. stop these people from doing what they are fixing to do to us. we are doomed. host: melissa, who did you vote for last year? caller: john mccain. i'm 57 years old and will never vote democrat again as long as i live. my family were democrats and will never vote democrat again. this president is a fraud, a liar. he is going to kill us. a socialist country -- look what he is doing. you have not seen anything yet. it breaks my heart to know what is going to happen to us. host: thanks for that call from mississippi. here is another article where it says that ben bernanke is being asked to stay on. good morning. caller: yes, it is remarkable and i cannot believe progress has been made over the last seven months pena when barack obama, our president, i did not know what to expect when he made his appointments. but he put a team together that it is unbelievable the progress that has been made. i received a tax cut, reduced my monthly mortgage
leader harry reid. . . the agency's ignore the their marks at their peril because the appropriations committees make it very clear that if they don't fund the earmarked they will cut their budget the following year. that was literally what happened when citizens against government waste first of the -- started looking at here marks in 1989/1988. the head of the office of management and budget listed all of the unauthorid programs and projects that were in the propriations bills and technically should not be funded by the administration. he got some phone calls and a letter from the appropriations committee chairman saying if you ever come up with such a list again we will cut your budget in half. ey can't cut our budget because he was working with us for much of that time. we decided they can't do anything to citizens against government waste so we will take up this effort and a few years later in 1991 we did issue the first congressional takeover we give out anchor awards, leave these big books in our newsletter in the backs and see what the organization has done. this year in parti
harry reid. however, that is not exactly the case. the constitution does grant congress the power to spend. no money shall be drawn from the treasury but by consequence of appropriations made by law. now the bylaw is of very interesting way to approach it as well. when members of congress and these year marks to the appropriations bill it is not in this statute. they are added in what is called committee reports. so it is really an extra legal way of spending money. the agencies ignored these year marks at their peril because the appropriations committees make it very clear that if they don't fund the earmarks they will cut their budget the following year. that was literally what happened when citizens against government waste back in 1988 and 1989. lifted all of the unauthorized programs and projects that were in the appropriations bills. technically they should not be funded by the administration. well, he got some phone calls and we even got a letter from the appropriations committee chairman saying if you ever come up with such a list again will cut your budget and a half. so
with a number of senate is yet to speak, majority leader harry reid is confident a final confirmation vote will take place this week. also possible, an infusion of funds for the cash for clunkers program and work on a bill promoting u.s. tourism. more live senate coverage at 5:00 p.m. eastern when the gavel comes down on c-span2. we have lots of information on the sonia sotomayor nomination available. the can watch videos of the senate debate. a confirmation hearing with the senate judiciary committee and various speeches she had some given and conference that she has participated in. you can read her written answers to questions from the judiciary committee. that is all available at c-span.org. as the senate continues in their break. we will show you more from washington journal with a chat we had this morning with senator jim rich, republican from idaho. >> host: let's start with one of the big topics, you have said he will oppose her nomination. why is that? >> guest: for the exact same reason president obama opposed the two nominations he voted on. she was kind enough to spend a consid
that is not left or right. when you get back to washington i would like you to tell nancy pelosi and mr. harry reid that we can take all the money and put it into health care and it will not fix the problem until we put investment into prevention and wellness, that will drive costs down. i have a friend at duke university next week for cancer treatment. we are better than that to tell us must wait six months. most americans value life. the value the life at one as it represents all. thank you for your conservative leadership. [applause] >> thank you. a good part of any health care reform must include wellness and prevention. going to get a physical every year to detect problems before they become serious. the healthcare provider earlier made the analogy to get in your brakes replaced in the car. well, when you get your oil change they actually check the brakes, tires. we should do the same for health care. unfortunately, this bill from the house does not address it wellness programs. when you talk to good businesses they talk about on his programs -- the talk about wellness programs for their emplo
concerned about it and i know that harry reid is concerned about it, as well. he and i have talked about that. they are in recess until after labor day, if i am not mistaken. i am talking about the united states senate. obviously, the longer they are in recess and taking up regular business in washington, without our having two voices, the greater my concern is for it is that what you're getting at? >> why can't they come back this week? >> i think he should ask the legislative leaders about that. my understanding in talking with the senate president and the speaker is that they are moving this as quickly as they can. they have to and they owe to their membership to consult with their members and they have been trying to do that. >> [inaudible] >> i have heard from senator kerry who is on board with this proposal and shares these concerns. >> did the president's big about this? >> no, no. >> [inaudible] >> i am a democrat. i believe in democratic values. i believe in the values that senator kennedy reflected and worked so hard for, caring about being the voice of the voice less, trying t
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